DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: CONSTIPATION, OBSTIPATION, AND MEGACOLON IN CATS
There are many bacterial organisms that can invade the digestive system of cats, leading to signs of diarrhea, vomiting, gas, abdominal pain, and fever among other symptoms.
In the wild, cats kill and eat fresh raw food. While good quality raw food diets are available, most domestic cats eat canned or kibbled foods. Cooked food doesn’t contain the naturally-occurring found in raw food, which means it doesn’t digest as well on its own, stressing the cat’s system and possibly contributing to food allergies. Whatever the cat cannot digest could cause an allergic reaction, prompting his digestive system to eliminate the problem quickly through diarrhea.
The cat digestive system takes food on a journey through thebody as it also undergoes multiple processing stages in order to nourish yourcat. Most cats rank food pretty high sosometimes owners use food to bribe their cats; others use it to get their cats’attention. involves the tubular alimentarytract, which runs from the mouth to the rectum, as well as the liver andpancreas, both of which play important roles. Carnivores and hunters by nature, cats have systems that are designedfor digesting prey. But aside from thepsychological factors, food fulfills a cat’s basic need for nourishment. The digestive system goes to work once food enters the cat’s mouth. Thosedetails are covered on the and pages.A cat’s liver comprises four lobes and mayfill up to one quarter of the abdominal cavity in the cat digestive system. The liver is an amazing organwith hundreds of functions, not all related to digestion. Some of its most importantfunctions are creation of proteins, storing carbohydrates, fat metabolism andremoving old red blood cells and waste products from the blood.Just as with people, cats have a very intricate and complex network of body mechanics that must keep running in tip-top shape if the cat is to be her best. Some of the barometers of good health are relatively easy to see: shiny hair and clear skin, bright eyes and good mobility. Another very important barometer of good health, a healthy digestive system, is not easily seen, but is indeed critical to helping cats live a long and healthy life. In fact, digestion problems are among the most common reasons for visits to the veterinarian. The high level of concern about digestive health has led nutritionists and veterinarians to look more closely into ways to better understand the cat's complex digestive system.of gastrointestinal irregularity. Thevet considers the cat’s history and gives a thorough exam which focuses on thecat’s mouth and feeling the organs within the abdominal cavity. If these steps fail to uncover the specificcause for the diarrhea and vomiting, additional testing is needed of the cat digestive system.Whole natural chicory root is a prebiotic that has been proven to promote healthy digestion. When added to pet food, it serves as food for the beneficial bacteria that are present in a cat's intestinal tract, helping the bacteria flourish. Research suggests that the benefits of feeding a cat food containing chicory root may include increased nutrient absorption, better digestion and support of the immune system. Chicory root is a natural fiber source from a plant that has been used in human foods as a salad ingredient. It is known to also aid digestion in humans, and is a safe and palatable ingredient for cats. This particular prebiotic fiber source is harvested, washed, sliced, then added to the food. There are no ingredients added to the chicory and extensive processing is not necessary -- unlike with synthetic prebiotics.A cat's digestive system plays two important roles: it breaks down food into nutrients that the cat's body can absorb and it also acts as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria and other disease causing agents